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At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration During the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943
by Erika Lee
With the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Chinese laborers became the first group in American history to be excluded from the United States on the basis of their race and class. This landmark law changed the course of U.S. immigration history, but we know little about its consequences for the Chinese in America or for the United States as a nation of immigrants.
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ebook, 352 pages
Published January 21st 2004 by University of North Carolina Press
(first published January 1st 2003)
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In Erika Lee’s At America’s Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era,1882-1943, the author articulates how the image of the United States of America transitioned from an egalitarian “nation of immigrants” to an exclusionary “gate-keeping nation” evidenced by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. She further demonstrates this transformation with accounts from her personal family history relating how several of her ancestors from China entered the United States to work in pre-exclusionary ...more
Looking exclusively at Chinese immigration and Chinese exclusion, Lee explores the history of American immigration, linking the gradual rise in nativist exclusion and the attempts to restrict immigration to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Beautifully written and supported by an amazing amount of primary sources, Lee's book offers a compelling and informative look into Chinese immigration, detailing the effect that exclusion had on migrants, citizens, and exploring the various attempts to ente ...more
Judy Yung is the daughter of Chinese immigrants detained on Angel Island. She is Professor Emerita of American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the author of Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940, and Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco."More about Erika Lee...